Laser Blepharoplasty vs. Traditional Blepharoplasty

January 25, 2016 10:11 am 351 Comments

If you’ve researched blepharoplasty (also known as eyelid surgery), you may have found that some doctors perform “laser blepharoplasty” with a CO2 laser while others perform “traditional blepharoplasty” with traditional surgical tools, like a scalpel.

Since many patients have questions about the difference between these two methods for performing eyelid surgery, we have written this article to explain what laser eyelid surgery is, how it differs from traditional eyelid surgery, and how it fits into our practice.

What is laser eyelid surgery?

Laser eyelid surgery is a surgical procedure performed on the eyelids with a surgical laser. Drs. Cohen and Swartz use the laser for upper eyelid surgery, lower eyelid surgery, and eye bag surgery. This means patients may get laser eyelid surgery to remove bags under their eyes, contour their upper or lower eyelids, “lift” their eyelids so that they appear more refreshed, or any combination thereof. The treatment often helps patients look less tired or old by fixing saggy, puffy, or baggy eyes.

Laser eyelid surgery is not the same as laser skin resurfacing, which is a treatment that improves the texture of facial skin with the use of a different kind of laser.

Should I get laser blepharoplasty or traditional blepharoplasty?

When answering this question, it is important to note that many doctors achieve beautiful, healthy results with both kinds of eyelid surgery. Furthermore, laser eyelid surgery and traditional eyelid surgery are very similar in nature, and typically cost the same amount.

The main difference between the two procedures is that a CO2 laser seals blood vessels during surgery, while a scalpel does not. This sealing of the blood vessels results in less bruising and swelling, which benefits both the patient, who will look better sooner after the surgery, and the doctor, who is able to make more precise decisions during the surgery because there is less bruising and swelling in the treatment area.

Drs. Cohen and Swartz believe that this advantage makes laser eyelid surgery an overall safer procedure with less recovery time when it is performed by the right doctors.

Laser eyelid surgery with Drs. Cohen and Swartz

Drs. Cohen and Swartz have been using a CO2 laser for cosmetic eyelid surgery for over 20 years, and they have taught their techniques to doctors from around the world.

The doctors collaborate on every surgery, with the patient’s chosen doctor (the doctor with whom they had their consultation) leading the procedure, and the other assisting. They perform all of their eyelid surgeries at an accredited surgical center.

Laser eyelid surgery recovery times vary from patient to patient and depend on several factors, including the patient’s adherence to post-surgery instructions, but most of Drs. Cohen and Swartz’s patients resume the majority of normal activities one week after the procedure.

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